Back pain, whether acute (sudden) or chronic, can affect how you live your life – everything from performing in the workplace to engaging in your favorite exercise to just doing things around the house. If you’ve decided that you want to do something about your back pain, consider seeing a pain management physician.
A pain management physician is trained, skilled, and experienced in treating pain in various parts of the body, such as hand pain, arm pain, abdominal pain, and back pain. A pain management doctor will create an individualized treatment plan that targets the source of your pain.
How Can I Find Relief from Back Pain?
Pain treatments can be conservative, such as prescription medication or physical therapy, or advanced, such as surgery. A pain management physician may use a combination of these to combat back pain, including NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), muscle relaxants, heat and cold therapy, pain-relief injections, and physical therapy.
While the more conservative, noninvasive treatment methods might work for many patients with back pain, many people do need a combination of conservative and advanced treatment methods to successfully manage their back pain symptoms. A pain management physician will give you one or two pain treatment methods at first, and the doctor may try different combinations of treatments to see what works best for you.
Your pain physician offers many options to relieve your back pain. Several of the minimally invasive methods include the following:
Many pain management physicians offer acupuncture, which is a Chinese tradition for treating pain. This utilizes tiny, thin needles to stimulate specific areas in the body. The goal is to promote the healing processes of the body. Acupuncture is usually used in combination with other treatment methods.
Another treatment approach to back pain is the use of steroid injections. Epidural injections are administered on the affected area and help to relieve inflammation and pain symptoms.
This type of epidural is typically used for sudden or acute back pain, as it offers short-term relief. For this reason, it is often used in combination with other treatment methods, including physical therapy.
Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant
For back pain that does not respond to medication, physical therapy, or injections, a pain management physician may use a spinal cord stimulator. This device is surgically inserted under the skin in the back to deliver adjustable electric pulse levels to stimulate the nerves in the spinal cord. Patients report pain levels greatly reduced by up to 70% with spinal cord stimulation.
Pain Management Physicians in Austin, Texas
Pain is a very personal thing, and dealing with it can feel like a very lonely experience unless you seek help. Our pain management physicians at Balcones Pain Consultants understand this, and it is our mission to help you return to a more pain-free lifestyle.
Balcones Pain Consultants has pain-management clinics across the Austin area. If you wish to schedule a consultation, please call our friendly team at (512) 834-4141 or fill out our appointment request form now. We are happy to serve you in our Austin, Cedar Park, or Marble Falls clinics!